Breeding Barred Rocks Standard of Perfection
Large Fowl General Characteristics: The Male
Carriage: Alert, upright with bold appearance, well balanced and free from Stiltedness.
Type: Body deep, large and compact, evenly balanced and symmetrical, keel bone long and straight. Back broad and of medium length, saddle hackle good length and full breast broad and well rounded. Wings of medium size, carried well up, bow and tip covered by breast and saddle feathers respectively; flights carried horizontally. Tail of a medium size, rising slightly from the saddle to be carried neatly and not a fan shape, squirrel or wry, sickles medium in length and nicely curved, coverts sufficiently abundant to cover the stiff feathers.
Head: Medium size, strong and carried well up, beak slightly curved, orange short and stout, eyes large, bright orange and prominent. Comb single, medium in size, straight and erect with well-defined serration's (five), fine texture and smooth, free from side sprigs and thumb marks. Ear lobes well developed and pendant shaped, fine textured wattles moderately rounded and of equal length, to correspond with size of face, comb.
Neck: Medium length, slightly curved, a full hackle flowing over the shoulders.
Legs and feet: Legs orange, set wide apart, thighs large and of medium length, shanks medium length, stout, well rounded, smooth and free from feathers. Four strong toes perfectly straight, well spread and of medium length.
Fluff: Moderately full, carried close to the body and of good texture, barred to the skin.
Skin: Silky yellow and fine in texture.
Large Fowl General Characteristics: The Female
The general characteristics are similar to those of the male, allowing for the natural sexual differences, except that comb, ear- lobes and wattles are smaller. The neck is of medium length, carried slightly forward and the tail is small and compact, carried well back.
Male 3.40kg (7 1/2 lbs)
Female 2.95kg (6 1/2 lbs)
Male and female plumage: Ground colour, white with a bluish tinge, barred with black of a beetle green tinge, the bars straight, moderately narrow, of equal breadth and sharply defined, to continue through to the shaft of the feather. Every feather to finish with a black tip. The fluff, or undercolour, to be barred also. The neck and saddle hackles, wing bow and tail to correspond with the rest of the body, presenting a uniformity of colour throughout.
For more information about Barred Rock Breeding have a look at this article by Tom Newbold for Fancy Fowl Magazine
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